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It’s official. The Raiders will move to Las Vegas. They received 31 of 32 votes in yesterday’s meeting. The only owner voting against the move was the Miami Dolphins’ Stephen Ross. He said, “My position today was that we as owners and as a league owe it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted. I want to wish Mark Davis and the Raiders organization the best in Las Vegas.” The Raiders are expected to move into the new stadium in 2020 and will stay in Oakland until the stadium is ready.
To no one’s surprise, the University of Connecticut Huskies cruised into the Final Four of the Women’s Championship. UConn has now won 111 consecutive games and is heading to its 10th straight Final Four appearance. Up next, UConn takes on Mississippi State and South Carolina and Stanford face off.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have fallen into a losing spiral and are now 1/2 game behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference.No comments
Cinderellas Gonzaga, South Carolina And Oregon In Final Four With N. Carolina, Booker Makes History, Raiders To Vegas
The odds of predicting the Final Four Teams in the NCAA Championship was almost impossible, particularly when factoring in that Gonzaga and South Carolina have never made it this far, and Oregon hasn’t gotten to this point since 1939 when they won the tournament. We don’t just have Cinderella teams however. North Carolina rounds out the group with 22 appearances in the Final Four and 5 championships. On April 1st Gonzaga and South Carolina will square off, and later in the night, North Carolina and Oregon will compete for the National Championship on April 3rd.
Devin Booker made history draining 70 points on Friday night against the Boston Celtics to record the highest scoring game in Phoenix Suns’ history. Shockingly it wasn’t enough to give the Suns a win, but he did secure his place in history becoming the third youngest player in history (at 20 years and 145 days old) to score at least 50 points in a game. He shares this honor with LeBron James and Brandon Jennings.
As of this afternoon, it appears the Oakland Raiders will get enough votes from NFL owners to approve its relocation to Las Vegas. City and State officials came up with a pledge of $750 million dollars to fund a new stadium.
Team USA Beat Puerto Rico to win its first ever World Baseball Classic. The Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman pitched a 7 inning no-hitter to lead Team USA to an eventual 8-0 shutout. Congrats!
NFL TV ratings dropped last season, so Commissioner Roger Goodell is looking to make some changes. He is planning on instituting fewer commercial breaks (although potentially longer ones) and standardized timing in the clock for when players go out of bounds and after touchdowns and extra points. Goodell wants to make the game more enjoyable for the fans and will meet with the competition committee to potentially loosen “up the celebration rules to allow the players a little more expression of their enthusiasm,”
Social media blew up after former Olympic Gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi innocently tweeted for fellow former Olympic skater, Nancy Kerrigan, to “break a leg” during her upcoming “Dancing With the Stars” appearance. The reason her choice of words was so bad (in case you don’t remember this infamous incident) was in 1994, Nancy Kerrigan’s rival Tonya Harding’s husband hired someone to club Nancy in the leg in order to take her out of competition.No comments
For all college football fans, today is a big day. It’s National signing day and recruited high school prospects from around the country will be sending in (via fax machine which probably seems a bit antiquated to a high school student) their official letters of intent. Not only is choosing the right school a big deal for the recruited athlete, but the schools know they have to fill in roster spots with players able to start in their first or second year, especially with players leaving early to play in the NFL. Not all players wait until National signing day to announce their intentions, and some players even get creative. One of the best announcements I’ve seen is Sumner’s Connor Wedington (who decommitted from Washington then announced his pick with….no spoiler, watch the video to find out!)
In NFL news, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer pulled his kids out of school, put his house up for sale and has moved out of the state. Palmer may be signaling he’ll retire. If that’s the case, the Cards need to find a QB ready to play. Many are speculating Dallas QB Tony Romo may be a good fit, but that could be tough call for the Cowboys as the Cards are NFC rivals.
As suspected, the drama between Charles Barkley and LeBron James hasn’t gone away. Former NBA All Star Charles Oakley, who has a history with Barkley, added fuel to the fire when he tweeted, “I love everything LeBron James said about the hater he needs to stop drinking at work. TNT can I stop by and get a drink?” LeBron’s buddy, Chicago Bulls Guard, Dwayne Wade even got into the action criticizing Barkley, “We all have flaws. But when your flaws are a little bit more, you should shut up.”1 comment
USC Beats Penn State In Record Rose Bowl, Lane Kiffin Leaving Immediately, Starbucks Barista Wins $900K
In the highest scoring Rose Bowl ever, USC beat out Penn State in a game for the ages. At 103 years old, the Rose Bowl is called “The Granddaddy of Them All” as it’s the oldest of all the Bowl games with the highest attendance rates. After two comebacks in the game, USC pulled out a 52-49 win.
The National Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson takes place next week, but Alabama coach Nick Saban made a stunning announcement on Monday. His offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin (who has signed on as Head Coach at Florida Atlantic University for next season), will be leaving Alabama immediately with Steve Sarkisian taking over his duties for the National title game. The move seems odd with only one week to go before the game. If Alabama doesn’t pull off a win, you can be sure Saban’s decision will criticized and analyzed by all.
For anyone who thinks fantasy football is a waste of time, a Starbucks barista would respectfully disagree. He took his fantasy football obsession to a whole new caffeinated level by winning over $900,000 in the Las Vegas SuperContest.No comments
Panther’s QB Cam Newton lost his cool after another hit to the head during the Carolina’s win over the Washington Redskins Monday night. As Newton was sliding out of bounds Redskins defender Trent Murphy ran over him. When a penalty wasn’t called, Newton threw the football at Murphy’s head. Cam was immediately assessed a penalty which took the team out of field goal range. According to Cam, “I’ve got to be better than that. That just can’t happen on my part. I just have to let the referees do their job, and obviously, it was a questionable hit, but I can’t throw the ball at a person. That’s against the rules too.” Washington still lost the game and severely hurt its playoff hopes. Panthers 26, Redskins 15.
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey announced he will skip the Sun Bowl to focus on the NFL draft. McCaffrey led Stanford in rushing and receiving and should go high in the 2017 draft. Many people are discussing whether skipping the Bowl game is fair to the team and whether it sets up a bad precedent. On the other hand, if Christian plays in the bowl game and gets hurt, his star could drop significantly in the draft (which could mean a serious loss of money). LSU’s Leonard Fournette (who has been injured all year long) will also be skipping his Bowl game. Many draft contenders are already preparing for the NFL Combine which can make or break a player’s prospects.No comments
Elliott’s Salvation Army Jump, Pats Clinch AFC East Division, Brock Benched, Raiders In Post-Season, Duncan #21 Retired
The Dallas Cowboys win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought the team closer to an NFC East title and a first round bye, but the game was littered with mistakes and some missed opportunities. Ezekiel Elliott provided the most entertainment when he jumped in a Salvation Army kettle after scoring his 13th rushing touchdown (setting a team rookie record). According to Elliott, he saw the kettle during warmups and thought about diving in. Cowboys 26, Bucs 20.
The New England Patriots secured their place in the post-season. In a win over the Denver Broncos, the Pats clinched the AFC East Division Title and a first-round bye. Patriots 16, Broncos 3.
The Houston Texans benched their expensive quarterback Brock Osweiler after he threw two interceptions in the first half. Even though the team paid $72 million dollars over 4 years for Osweiler, the benching proved to be a good decision as backup Tom Savage turned the game around to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans are still in the hunt for a division title, so they will have to make a tough decision this week on which QB to play. Texans 21, Jags 20.
After 14 years, the Oakland Raiders are finally going to be playing in the postseason. With a win over the San Diego Chargers, the Raiders secure a playoff appearance. Raiders 19, Chargers 16.
The San Antonio Spurs retired Tim Duncan’s number 21 jersey. Duncan played 19 seasons with the Spurs. He won 5 titles for the team including 2 MVP awards. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich summed up the emotional presentation saying, “His empathy, his ability to make people welcome, and lead quietly, but with dignity and gravitas, made him special beyond most anybody that you could imagine.”
The Wake Forest scandal, nicknamed “Wakeyleaks” by the sports media, is heating up. Louisville’s athletic director Tom Jurich confirmed radio announcer Elrod gave “a few plays” to the Louisville’s offensive coordinator before their matchup with the Demon Deacons. What’s so outrageous is Louisville acknowledged they cheated but has asked to be left alone so they can prepare for their bowl game. And, what about Wake Forest’s poor quarterback who was sacked numerous times during that game and other games because team’s knew the plays ? It’s mind boggling football coaches would think it’s morally acceptable to use confidential information from an informant to win games. In fact, Wake Forest recently contacted Army to see if they received leaked game plans as well. The Atlantic Coast Conference is researching the scandal and it’s likely this story won’t go away anytime soon.
Sports Illustrated named LeBron James Sportsperson of the Year and Michael Phelps the “Greatest Olympian of All-Time”. LeBron has been on the cover of SI 26 times and has been named twice as sportsperson of the year. Phelps ended his Olympic career as the most decorated Olympian with 23 Gold medals (28 medals overall).
The Cleveland Cavaliers play the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, but don’t expect to see their three big stars, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. After the Cavs beat the Grizzlies at home 103-86 on Tuesday, Coach Tyronn Lue announced his Big Three needed some rest and would not travel to Memphis for the game tonight. The players are taking a bit of heat for not joining the team and disappointing fans who bought tickets intending to see the stars, but LeBron fired back stating, “My coach wants me to rest. I don’t buck my coach. I’ve been in this league 14 years. I shouldn’t have to explain me sitting out a game or not playing games.”
Tommy Elrod, a former Wake Forest football player, football coach then radio announcer, is under investigation for providing game plans to the teams’ opponents. Elrod was fired as a coach in 2013 then took a job as the University radio announcer, giving him access to the team’s game plans. The University sent out a statement saying, “Based on emails, text messages and phone records, Elrod provided or attempted to provide confidential and proprietary game preparation on multiple occasions.” The university believes Elrod began to betray his alma mater back in 2014. It’s not clear if Elrod accepted money for the information he provided or if he was just bitter for his firing in 2013.1 comment
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman trophy on Saturday, bringing Louisville its first ever Heisman. Lamar became the frontrunner for this prestigious award and finished the season with 51 touchdowns. Accepting his reward, Jackson said, “I’m extremely proud to represent this class and Louisville as their first Heisman Trophy winner. For my teammates, it’s an award for all of us. I can’t wait to cherish it with all of you.” As the youngest player to ever win the Heisman, Jackson credited his single mother. He said, “Everything I do is for my mother,”
After 11 straight victories, the Dallas Cowboys lost to the New York Giants on Sunday thanks to a Giants defense who stepped up even though defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery and is likely out for the season. The Giants also got some big plays from wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr to cement their 10-7 victory. Dallas rookie QB Dak Prescott didn’t perform up to expectations, but is still expected to remain at the helm over veteran Tony Romo.
The Green Bay Packers stunned the Seattle Seahawks in a 38-10 rout. The Packers defense intercepted Seahawks QB Russell Wilson five times, and an injured QB Aaron Rodgers put the game away by the end of the 3rd quarter. If the Packers continue to play with this dominance, they will be a major threat in the NFC.
The New York Jets win over the sinking San Francisco 49ers in overtime didn’t look pretty, but Jets QB Bryce Petty (who took the reigns from Ryan Fitzpatrick) showed mental toughness and kept his cool to lead his team to a 23-17 win. Maybe he’ll be the answer going forward for the 4-9 Jets.No comments